the sharing economy is not just about new ways to consume. it is also about new ways to produce. it can be a platform for micro- entrepreneurship, creating jobs locally and organically, new technology, shared access models, and online marketplaces have dramatically lower the barriers to resources needed to create products, offer services, and want companies -- launched companies. tools the only large companies could afford are now accessible to the masses. the san francisco tech shop is one example. for a small monthly fee, you get access to construction, $1 million in machine tools, and access to contract manufacturing to bring prototypes to market.